Permier album de Spencer Cullum. La nouvelle merveille folk de chez Full Time Hobby :  à mi chemin entre la classe d’un Nick Drake et la finesse de Andy Shauf.



Aujourd’hui, avec son premier album solo, Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection, qui rend hommage aux héros de la psych-pop, du folk et du proto prog des années 60 et 70 de son pays natal, ce sideman de Nashville sort de l’ombre pour se retrouver sous les projecteurs. L’album sort le 24 septembre via Full Time Hobby. Avec une équipe de soutien composée d’autres as de la scène et du studio de Music City comme le guitariste Sean Thompson et le multi-instrumentiste Luke Reynolds, ainsi que des partenaires de chant et d’écriture comme Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs, Erin Rae, Annie Williams et James « Skyway Man » Wallace, il apporte un peu de Grande-Bretagne au Tennessee. Produit par Jeremy Ferguson et enregistré dans le studio Battle Tapes Recording du producteur indie-rock de Nashville, lauréat d’un Grammy, l’album est doté d’un son large et clair, adapté à un ensemble de chansons chatoyantes et habiles, aux paroles non-narratives puisées dans les recoins mystiques de l’esprit subliminal. Les paroles proviennent de sa propre expérience explique Cullum.

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« Cullum has penned a gorgeous love letter home, in particular to Canterbury’s psychedelic haven.” – MOJO

“These tracks are period-perfect love-letters to British psych-folk, with the Mellotrons, tape wobbles and kitsch artwork to match” – Uncut

“With subtle evocations of Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers among others, the albums’ dazzling mosaic is superbly delivered” – Record Collector

London born, Nashville based Spencer Cullum debut solo album, Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection may pay homage to the ’60s and ‘70s psych-pop, folk and proto prog heroes of his homeland. But with a supporting cast of fellow Music City stage and studio aces like guitarist Sean Thompson and multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds, as well as singing and writing partners like Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs, Erin Rae, Annie Williams and James “Skyway Man” Wallace — he’s bringing a bit of Britain to Tennessee.

“I wanted to write a very quintessential English folk record, but with really good Nashville players.” Cullum says of Canterbury Scene conjuring Coin Collection, name-checking Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt, Fairport Convention and Sandy Denny. The album manifests his love for psych-prog ground-breakers the Soft Machine, digs deep into cerebral ambient inspirations like Robert Fripp and Brian Eno and even kosmische icons NEU! “I’ve always wanted to mix krautrock music into folk and psychedelia,” he explains.

With an arm’s length list of credits stretching from the likes of Kesha, Dolly Parton and Deer Tick, to Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, pedal steel savant Cullum is one of Nashville’s most in-demand session cats. That’s in addition to making up half of acclaimed, primarily instrumental space-country duo “Steelism.” Clearly he’s had little trouble fitting in since moving from his native London by way of Detroit eight years ago, even if it’s mostly meant blending in. “I guess I’ve always hidden behind [the instrument],” he deadpans. “I’m always the guy who looks like he’s studying for a test in the background.”

Produced by Jeremy Ferguson and recorded at the Grammy-winning Nashville indie-rock producer’s Battle Tapes Recording studio, the album boasts a wide-open, bell-clear sound fit for a deftly shimmering set of songs with non-narrative lyrics culled from the mystic corners of the subliminal mind. The lyrics come from “my own experience,” Cullum explains, “but [I] also wanted to not be emotionally specific, almost in a dreamlike, subconscious state. Like spidergram.”

Though on the new single ‘Imminent Shadow’, Cullum reveals a little more of himself: « I wrote Imminent Shadow when I was having lucid dreams a few years ago and pondering if it had something to do with hereditary depression stemming from my grandfather. I’ve never wanted my songs to be too personal of my own situation but instead for them to have a sub-conscious dream-like aspect to them. This, I guess, is the most personal track on the record. »

Jack of Fools
To Be Blinkered
Tombre en Morceaux
Imminent Shadow
Dieterich Buxtehude
The Dusty Floor
My Protector
The Tree


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